Henry Victor (Harry) Fowler
From Our Contribution
Excerpt from 1934 Armadale AFL team photo
|Date of Birth||5 Nov 1898|
|Place of Birth||Perth, Western Australia|
|Death||16 Jul 1985, aged 86|
|Place of Death||Narrogin, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||42 years, 9 months|
|Address||Armadale, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Wife , Mrs Elsie May Napier|
|Date of Enlistment||13 Aug 1941|
|Unit/Formation||26th Australian Employment Company|
|Post War Details|
|Fate||Remained in Australia|
During 1919 Henry married Elsie May Napier (1898 - 1985) in Perth.
discharged 12 Mar 1947
Electoral Roll entries: 1954 - 1958 at Railway avenue, Armadale, butcher;
During the period 1939 - 1945 some unit names changed more than once. In the case of Australian Employment Companies they were also known as Works Companies, Labour Companies, Labour Units, Labour Corps. For sake of consistency I have adopted the term Employment Company. The role they played did not change with title. They were established to ensure that the Australian Defence Force had a large force of soldiers dedicated to essential labouring tasks, providing the physical labour needed to maintain the war effort and support the fighting forces.
Of the total of 39 Companies, 11 were part or fully manned by non British citizens known then as 'aliens'. These alien companies were not issued with arms. The 26th Company was formed with British citizens.